“And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.” (Revelations 2:3) Twice he emphasizes their labour and patience: here and in the prior verse. The church in the beginning was a hard laboring people who also had the ability to endure patiently the hardships and persecutions. “For … Read more Without Love – Our Labor is Vain!
“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” (Revelations 2:4) To sum up the problem: they were doing all the right things, but no longer for the right reason. Their first love, the motivating force behind doing the right things, had changed. It had shifted to something, or someone else. … Read more Have You Left Your First Love?
“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works…” (Revelations 2:5) Jesus told them they needed to think back to the point from where they had fallen – and he had already told them in the verse 4 where that place was: “thou hast left thy first love” (see the … Read more Are You Fallen from Your "First Love"?
“…or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Revelations 2:5) As stated in earlier posts, the candlestick represents the light of the church, which is her burning love for the true light, Jesus Christ (see “Turn to See the Light of the Seven … Read more Has the Candlestick Been Removed From Your Heart?
“But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.” (Revelations 2:6) Who were the Nicolaitanes? Historians describe them as a short lived sect in the early days of Christianity that promoted promiscuous sexual relationships among its believers – in other words, a “free-love” spirit. But Revelations is a … Read more Only True Love Will Keep You Away From "Free-Love"
“And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.” (Revelation 3:1) Here he emphasis that he has the: “seven Spirits of God” and the … Read more Have the Name of Jesus But Yet Dead in Your Soul?